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So I have decided to home school for sure...now to pick a curriculum.

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I lean towards Waldorf but am not 100% waldorf purist. What I need is a program that will help me with structure and rhythm. I have a.d.d. and struggle to be disciplined. Also being totally new to homeschool I am looking for something that is easy to implement without a ton of outside research or planning. For this first year I kind of want all of the work done for me so all I have to do is execute the curriculum. What are pros and cons of the different options? This will be for first grade and pre-k

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I used Starfall for my son in Kindergarten.  I thought it was great.  You get a whole curriculum, all planned out for you, as well as a website with tons of games/songs/books.... and it's inexpensive.  It's easy for kids to navigate.  They also have a Pre-K curriculum. It was a good intro to homeschooling for us.  They also have Grade One activities, but not a full curriculum. 

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IF I could say I used a curriculum, I'd say I also used Starfall for pre-k through kindergarten and will use it again for first grade very likely.  My kids love it and it is full of different types of exercises and learning...and I used the free version, so not an actual curriculum, but very easily set up with differing levels of activities to move towards and it was very easy for me to see and know the progress and where my kids were.  

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I'd look at Christopherus, or Oak Meadow.  Christopherus is definitely more Waldorf, OM is Waldorf-inspired, but, from what I understand, has more academics in the early years than pure Waldorf does. 

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We are new to this (my son is in 6th grade) and are going through a public charter school in our city that is amazing. They pay for our curriculum, so we chose Calvert. Everything is integrated, laid out, lesson plans are already done and there are online resources through their website. I'm loving it. I work as a writer (at home) at night, so I don't have a lot of time to lay out a curriculum, choose lessons, etc. Calvert was a godsend. I will choose it every year.

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Excited to sub this thread!

I'm not a homeschooler (yet!) but plan to try and convince DH that we should. I'm due with my second daughter in Sept. so I have some time to think about this-- however-- DD1 will be 4 in December and we are fretting the ability financially to send her to a pre-school we like. It's not a Waldorf (the Waldorf curriculum is a little to extreme for my taste) school but is a co-op with other parents. The tuition is much less than traditional but still SO MUCH a month. And this is just one kid. These are the only types of schools we are considering and with another baby on the way-- our options are dwindling.

I don't use Starfall for homeschooling but am very happy to hear they have curriculum. I love the free stuff-- DD has been using the website for over a year now (since about 2yo) and has amazing skills with counting, reading and especially comprehension. I'm discovering that she knows so much more then her 2-3yo self could tell me, and its amazing to see that without any traditional "schooling". I even learned a few songs about counting that I like to sing to her when she's on the swings at the park. Good stuff!
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In those years, we tried to utilize OM while the kids still used online sites like Starfall. Now that Starfall has an actual fee and curriculum based site, I have stored it until our current toddler is ready. OM was nice but too slow for us. I found their pre-k books useless because they covered items that were similar to a library story time (sans media.) My two were ready for more than an intense study of the number 1 as told by gnomes. I was bummed because I liked the gentle introductions and enjoyed the stories. However that was not my older children's style.

Had I found it earlier, the book The Well Trained Mind might have been of use for me. I have learned that my children respond best to the classical education style.

For a more literature based, gentle approach, you might want to look into Charlotte Mason style. There is a focus on living books rather than textbooks to teach children along with nature studies. I'm not sure if this matters, but while there are Christian elements to some of the philosophy, there is also a secular Charlotte Mason site for those who would just like to focus on the educational aspects.
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I second the endorsement of The Well Trained Mind. I know it sounds crazy, but one the best purchases we made was from http://ReadingThatWorks.net- a discounted copy of Hooked on Phonics. For someone with no background in children's education, it was such an easy program and really easy to see progress. I am glad we did it. 

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I love, love, love Sonlight!  With Sonlight, you get a library of great literature and an instructor guide with detailed instructions for every day with your student.  It completely takes the "work" and preplanning out of home education and gives you the freedom to do and be with your child in the way that fits them best.... if you need more crafts, there are resources for that.  If you need more books, there are suggestions for that.  They really think of everything.  I'm on my 3rd preschooler with this program.  I love that I can be as structured or as relaxed as I need to be- because each child is different and responds to different things, I've easily been able to tweak this program for subsequent children but I only had to buy the curriculum once!

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